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Call for Irish government to change AED laws

11 Apr 2013

tablets and pillsEpilepsy support groups in Ireland have repeated their call for the Irish government to change new legislation concerning epilepsy medicines.

The new laws would mean that branded epilepsy medicines (AEDs) could be substituted with a generic version by pharmacists. This poses a risk to patients because any variation in the composition of AEDs can cause changes in the brain. These changes can result in breakthrough seizures.

Generic and branded medicines: same or different?

18 Jan 2013

illustration of a spoon with several different types of medicineA new US study aims to finally settle the question of whether a generic version of a branded epilepsy medicine is really any different.

The study has been largely funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The administration has previously produced guidelines to make sure that the generic version of a drug is virtually identical to its branded counterpart. These guidelines allow a certain margin of difference, within which a generic drug is supposedly just as effective.

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